Monday, October 6, 2014

Preparing for Our Third Anual World Food Day Ceabration.

Josie from Montoya Farms on the left, and Kathy Chavez.  Their will be apples from her farm.

 The Oxfam Action Corps of New Mexico will hold its third annual community dinner celebrating World Food Day on Saturday, October 18th, in Albuquerque.  The event will be co-hosted by Interfaith Power and Light, and supported by fellow organizations, Bread for the world, Food Corps, Abq. hours and slow food.
     This years speaker will be Evelyn Curtis-Losack.  Stacia Spragg- Braude wrote biography about Evelyn "If there's Squash Bugs in Heaven, I AIN'T STAYING.  In her book she describes her as an "unselfconscious octogenarian heroine, tending to the land and the History of Corrales New Mexico; selling her peaches, making her best apple pies, writing letters and teaching music."  having had the pleasure of meeting Evelyn at the Corrales growers market, she is fun, forth coming, wise and did  I mention Fun. 
    World Food Day began in 1945 with the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations.  Oxfam and many other organizations continue to celebrate raising awareness of the root causes of food injustice.  Oxfam works to Right The Wrong of Poverty.  This year along with the basic changes each of us can make in our daily lives, eating less meat, buying fair trade, local and seasonally we will ask for help in supporting the Food for Peace and Reform Act of 2014 a petition will be available for signing.
    Most of the food will be purchased on the day of the dinner from the Downtown Growers Market and cooked on site.  We have been prepping and cooking up some deliciousness and freeing them.  For example quelites, verdolagas, and tamales. 
    The dinner will be Saturday October 18th 6:00pm in Albuquerque at the 1st Congregation Church 2801 Lomas Boulevard NE which is one block east of the University Hospital. 
   Looking forward to celebrating with you! Please bring your appetite.
Pinto beans from Estancia New Mexico with green Chile.
Jamie and Jasmine at the growers market "Fresh Tortillas"
Jasmine with Amanda from Chipas Farms.
Evelyn on the left, Kathy Chavez center and Alida Davila Larrichio at the Corrales Growers Market.  We have so much fun and learn a lot from Evelyn, looking forward to hearing her speak.
Don't worry I won't eat it all.  We will serve fresh bread from Bosque Bakery.
Red chile and verdolagas.
Debbi and Bobby from Cracked Pot Herbs
Mary and Mr. Macias from Macias Farms.
Bob stirring up goodness for the tamales.  We are having a couple of tamale making parties "La Tamalera"
Cooking up prickly pears for juice.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Albuquerque Unites marching to Save our Home Our Earth.

  We joined  our friends, family, and strangers (whom are no longer strangers) to make our voices heard all the way to New York City.  September 23rd the United Nations Climate Change Conference begins.  People from all over the world have gathered for the largest climate change march in history.  Sister Joan Brown from New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light brought everyone together.  Our voices rang out united with the message; we need everyone to connect the dots to heal our Earth.  If our home is not healthy, no one can be healthy.  Earth is our home, we need it for food security, jobs, water, energy, faith....everything. Some of us were asked to bring a picture of someone that has been affected by climate change.  I looked around and a took a picture of the crowd;  climate change affects ALL of us.  Look around everyone  and everything is affected by it.  Climate change causes food, fuel and job shortages as well as prices to increase.   People and animals starve.  Our earth is very sick and we are too. 
What can we do to help?  We can turn off the lights when we leave a room, walk to work or school whenever possible, reuse bags, share a meal, pack a lunch, shop locally, eat seasonal foods, eat less meat, ride the bus, car pool, and/or don't buy so much stuff.  You can also make some noise; call, write and/or visit your Senators and Congressmen, demand that they support laws calling for a decrease in pollution. Don't forget the local government; the city, the governor and the city counsel.  VOTE.  We are in an election year let them know what you care about so they will care too. Go to:
and don't forget
Your voice counts, make it loud
Your footprint matters, make it light.

Marching together, united for our Earth.
The Earth is in our hands, hold her well.
Linda worked hard creating this wonderful banner.
Many gathered: Bread New Mexico, Alb. Mennonite Community, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Citizen's Climate Lobby, Conservation Voters, New Mexico Education Fund, Environment New Mexico, La Montanita Co-op, MASE, Oxfam Action Corps, NM Climate Coalition, NM Conference of Churches, New Mexico Solar Energy Association, NM Interfaith Power and Light, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 350.ORG, Positive Solar Energy, Sierra Club, Transition UNM, US Green Building Council New Mexico, Veterans for Peace, Audoban New Mexico and many others.
New Mexicans for the Earth
Standing together at the People's Climate Pilgrimage.
Make your voice loud and your footprints light.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Localy GROW and have fun. Right the Wrong of Poverty.

The mother plants as babies.
I grew them myself above are the plant that produced tomatoes in this photo.  Alida cared for the plants while I vacationed for thirteen day.
More of your of  hard earned money stays in your community when you shop local.  Less fuel is wasted when you buy from people you know and trust.  The food you eat will be fresher and much m healthier.   We had a wonderful day at the market and thought we would share it with you.  Supporting local farmers has enriched my life in so many ways.  Shopping at the growers markets brings laughter, wisdom, friendships and of course deliciousness into my life.   My friends ask me why my food tastes so good. My answer is always the same, "start with a good product".  It is understandable that some foods don't occur in certain areas.  Seafood for example can't be found in my desert state.  It can be obtained from a local retailer that brings it in from sustainable sources and will also catch his own.  And when buying goods like chocolate, coffee look for products that are fair trade, this ensures that your food producer is getting a fair deal.  It locally help end world hunger. Don't forget don't waste food share it.
Jasmine at the growers market.
Josie from Montoya Farms with Kathy(me)
Red chile pods soaking and fresh picked verdolagas perslane.
Kalen enjoying fresh watermelon at one of our meetings.
Patricia, Kathy and Alida presenting a feast made with local ingredients at our International Woman's Day event,.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Save Food, Save Money End Hunger.

Cleaning dried red chile pods from last season.
Also in the photo are purslane aka verdolagas
an edible weed


        Oxfam founded in 1942. Began as the “Oxford Committee for Famine Relief”.  Groups of people gathered parcels of food and clothing for families whose lives had been devastated by World War II.  Currently Oxfam has programs in over seventy countries. 

    More than 2.5 billion live in poverty and are struggling to survive and go to bed hungry every night.  Small changes in our daily lives can have an enormous impact on global level.  Fighting hunger can start in you kitchen with help from Oxfam’s GROW method. Oxfam’s GROW method offers five simple ways to make a big impact on ending global hunger. The five ways are, don’t waste food save it, eat food that is seasonal, eat local, and skip meat once a week.
Approximate months of storage at 0°F
 Fruits and Vegetables
8 - 12
6 - 9
3 - 6
Ground Meat
3 - 4
Cured or Processed Meat
1 - 2

One big yet simple way to impact hunger is to stop wasting food.  Throwing away food negatively impacts the earth and every living being on it.
    According to the United States department of agriculture the average family produces about 1,800 pounds of emissions 'from food waste. Individuals contribute 440 pounds per year.  Typical cars emit 9,000 pounds per year.  The study did not include waste produced from restaurants and energy used in prepackaged foods.

     Throwing away food squanders energy, time and money. According to the National Institute of Health wasted food cost the average household six hundred dollars a year. That adds up to a lot of thrown out bread.  Most people would never dream of reaching in their pockets finding a five dollar bill and putting it in the trash. Yet, they think nothing of throwing out old bread or over ripe bananas.  Those bananas can be made into a smoothie, and the wilted vegetables can be put into soup or stew.  Fresh herbs and mushrooms can be dried stored and used later.  Dried mushrooms and parsley are wonderful in a soup or in omelets.

      Food is a financial investment on many levels.  The economics starts at the farm, goes to transportation, processing, continues with you at the grocery store and ends at your table.

     Many foods can be frozen for several months, even years in a deep freeze. From my own experience the forgotten halibut tasted great and more importantly did not make me ill after three years.
    The National Center for Home Food Preservation has helpful information for storing and freezing food.   The storage times listed below are approximate months of storage for some food products. The food needs to prepared and packaged correctly and stored in the freezer at or below 0°F. After these times, the food will still be safe, just lower in quality and flavor.   The National Center for Home Food Preservation has numerous ideas on properly preserving foods.      
Very ripe tomatoes, peppers and eggplant for sauce.  Eggplant helps thicken the sauce
Green chile can last in the freezer for months.  Some say it gets hotter with age.
The sauce made from the scratch and dent produce, yummy. Great on pasta, greens, bread, and just about anything.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Barking News Oxfam Day of Action July 8th Big Success.

Meet Guapo.  He is Oxfam Action Corps barking news breaker and noise maker.  On July 8th he became New Mexico Oxfam's Dog of the day.  Oxfam's day of action for the Behind The Brands campaign. On that day all fifteen cities action corps teams from New York to Seattle made noise calling for big food companies to help stop climate change by implementing clean and efficient food production methods. On this particular day we were targeting Kellogg's and General Mills.  Here in Albuquerque Guapo helped us make noise. He smile for the camera being a good sport with boundless energy. Drawing the line only in refusing to were a costume, he prefers to play himself leaving all the dressing up to his humans.  He seems to have truly enjoyed making a big noise to help and climate change. 
Smiling for the camera.

The original caption read "I smell Climate Change"  He was after a treat in my hand you can see me on the left.

We were on our way to a hike when I snapped the one of him in the car.  When he heard the click of the camera he reached of  a treat.  Which made us laugh. At the end of the day he chilled. Speaking of treats, Guapo did not eat any cereal.  It is bad for his teeth.
He is more excited about going for a ride and his pending hike then photos.

Digging for treats. No cereal for him.

Guapo chilling after the photo shoot.  He was not harmed in any way.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Oxfam Action Corps Storming the Nation Against Climate Change.

Worst or funniest selfie ever? 
Hit the shelves take selfies post them to General Mills and Kellogg's with #Behindthebrands

Climate Change is something to Growl about. 
Get your Growl on go to www.Oxfambehindthebrands to learn more.
Oxfam NM at our very own General Mills plant.
This was taken at a local hangout'. "YO Dog tell Kellogg's and General Mills to end Climate Change."

You better change your climate changing ways.

New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps volunteers along with Oxfam Action Corps Volunteers all across the country hit the grocery stores, cereal plants.   special sites unique to Albuquerque. We are urging Kellogg's and General Mills to clean up and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their food supply chain.  Greenhouse gasses from food production and distribution are a huge contributor to Climate Change. It may be the largest and worst contributor to global poverty and hunger, threatening everyone's place at the table.  We have been posting pictures on social media.  Albuquerque has 213 tweets so far.  Join in on the fun! Tweet and Facebook pictures of your friends and family.  Selfies are a lot of fun. Post your pictures onto www.Kellogg' and and tag on Facebook and if you tweet that would be even sweeter. 

We are not hiding our message don't let climate change blow everything up.     

    Give us a hand in telling Kellogg's and General Mills to end Climate Change.
We don't want to end up upside down on Climate Change. 
Selfies to end Climate Change.
 Where will you sit? Tell Kellogg's and General Mills.  Climate Change is not welcome at your table. www.behindthebrands Oxfam America. Every thing GROWs better without climate Change.